$137,300 awarded for planning projects

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$137,300 awarded for planning projects

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $30,000 in 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) third cycle Planning funding to one community, and $107,300 in 2013 CDBG first cycle Planning funding to five communities all undertaking ongoing planning efforts.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $30,000 in 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) third cycle Planning funding to one community, and $107,300 in 2013 CDBG first cycle Planning funding to five communities all undertaking ongoing planning efforts.

The grants are all part of Nebraska’s annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The communities receiving planning grants are:

2012 Third Cycle

  • Ewing—$30,000 to conduct a storm water drainage study

2013 First Cycle

  • Dorchester—$23,000 to undertake a comprehensive plan, zoning & subdivision ordinance
  • Fairbury—$30,000 to acquire levee certification
  • Kennard—$13,500 to complete a comprehensive plan, zoning & subdivision ordinance
  • Superior—$30,000 to conduct a utility system planning study
  • Walthill—$10,800 to undertake a recreation and wellness master plan

These awards mark the end of the third cycle of funding for planning projects from the 2012 CDBG allocations. Applications for the second cycle of program year 2013 will be accepted beginning October 18, until November 1, 2013.

Up to $30,000 is available for communities, and as much as $50,000 is available for multi-communities, counties, or regional applicants.

Planning activities that are considered for funding include community strategic planning, such as environmental assessments, citizen participation, downtown revitalization, and fiscal management. Analyses of impediments and barriers to fair housing choices may qualify, as do neighborhood/comprehensive/strategic development plans.

Also considered are functional or special studies for housing, infrastructure, community economic development, land use/regulatory measure, main street improvement districts, downtown revitalization, energy conservation and transportation.

In addition, environmental, heritage tourism, and historic preservation studies, and pre-engineering studies for publicly-owned water/wastewater projects may qualify.

CONTACT Patty Wood at 800-426-6505, 402-471-1559 or patty.wood@nebraska.gov